Microneedling is a very popular anti-aging treatment as it reduces and eliminates fine lines, loose skin and wrinkles. The best results are seen in the ocular zone ( around the eyes- dark eye circles and wrinkles), neck, and smile lines. This is also the best treatment for acne scarring, open pores, stretch marks, cellulite and some types of pigmentations. It is also used for hair loss by stimulating the follicle to increase blood circulation thus preventing hair loss and stimulating new hair growth while inducing stem cells in the scalp; you will be able to see baby hair in the first 2-3 treatments.
It works by pricking the skin and the healing induces high production of collagen and elastin in the tissue being worked on, also called Collagen Induction Therapy ( as it induces high collagen production). Due to this nature of treatment, it is also amazing for people who have couperosis but before treatment, extra preparation should be done.
It takes approximately 3-4 weeks to see noticeable results ( after the first treatment ), however, for best results, number of treatments will be differing individually ( approx. 4-6 ), with 4 weeks in between each treatment. This is because, once the pricking/ induction has occurred, it takes about 1 week for the skin to heal by generating new cells but it will keep producing those vital collagen and elastin, while tightening the skin for the next few weeks.
As you understand, it is a treatment done for a variety of conditions. Another reason to try it is to eliminate atrophic post surgical scars. As you can see in the picture attached, This woman was bitten by a dog and followed by a surgery to close the wound. The stitching has left her with a big scar and this final picture is only after 2 treatments (4 weeks between the treatments). It also works on chicken pox scars.
- Blood clotting disorders
- Using mediations such as Accutane during the treatments ( treatment can be done after discontinuation of use)
- Immune system disorders
- Acute acne (can be done after acne has been treated, refer back to acne facial)
* This treatment IS NOT painful. But those who are severely sensitive to pain, a numbing cream can be used prior to the procedure.
Immediately after the treatment, there may be some redness and swelling but it only lasts up to 24 hours. Avoid washing your face for 24 hours or using makeup for 24-48 hours, however, SPF cream is a must. Please avoid any high endurance/ sporty activities that may cause you sweating, for 3-5 days.
If you have any questions, or if you would like to know if microneedilng is the solution for your skin, don’t hesitate to call and I will assess it further!